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over the fiscal cliff next week. the impact will be felt in many other ways as well. with us is market watch reporter kelli grant. >> also a very good base jumper. >> yes i'm looking forward to that clip. >> your video is on youtube somewhere, everyone can look it up. kelli we've seen consumer confidence decline and businesses not hire as a result of the uncertainty around the fiscal cliff, but there's another impact here and people could even see it on their dinner plate. >> definitely. we're seeing a lot of consumer impact from this, just because of the large budget cuts expected to go through, if we do in fact go off the cliff and of course, there's a lot of variation here it's up to each individual agency to decide how it's going to cut but when we talk to people in the industry they just have a lot of the worst case scenarios almost that could come to play that really do affect consumers. >> there's the farm bill on the edge here as well which could significantly impact milk prices. they're talking about the potential of milk doubling in price, if nothing
sales was uncertainty about the fiscal cliff, tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect next year. if lawmakers don't reach a deal to avoid it consumers could see higher taxes eating into their paychecks. even online sales suffered compared to past years of double-digit growth this year online holiday sales rose only about 8% compared to nearly 16% last year. lack of consumer confidence means this shopping season could be the weakest since the recession in 2008 when sales actually shrank. >> consumers need to have more confidence. right now it's more of an uncertain way for the first half of 2013 so i think everyone has thought going into the year. >> for businesses, the holiday shopping season officially ends december 31st, and retailers are hoping to salvage some profits by offering deep discounts until then. the president of the national retail federation is still optimistic. he estimates holiday sales growth will be about 3.5% to 4% this year. rebecca and jeff? >> thanks elaine. it's interesting, macy's and target report next week so we're going to hea
cliff? >> it dmends on what that means. i think 98% of our country can be assured that over the next short period of time, their income taxes are going to be the same, but this congress as you know has been more prepared than any to deal with the big issues or nation faces. and what you're seeing, jeff, is a derelection of duty at every level, a lack of courage to deal with the spending issues. unfortunately, you know, today the average american doesn't realize there's 40% of government services that they're not paying for. only one third of medicare is paid for by those people who actually use it. and because there's been this scherr shau ra charade going on, the left and ride shielding the people from the true cost of government, we don't have any constituency to help reduce government spending. because we even not dealt with that issue, there's been no progress on the entitlement spending. this is unfortunate going to carry on through to the debt ceiling debate. what that means is every american is going to be harmed because the economy is not going to be wait should be. so becaus
of snow wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour and a huge travel headache for the next two days, at least. >> especially at this time of year. thank you so much. we turn now to political turbulence, and the fiscal cliff gets closer. congress now has six days to make a deal. they'll be back on capitol hill tomorrow, and chip reid is in washington. >> president obama will be arriving in washington tomorrow and both houses of congress will be back in session tomorrow. that will give them just five days to put together a deal to avoid the massive automatic tax hikes and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. >> president obama spent christmas day visiting with troops in hawaii. >> while back in washington uncertainty about the looming fiscal cliff continues. there has been to communication between republicans and democrats about how to avoid going over the cliff. before the christmas break, speaker john boehner was unable to get enough support from respects to pass his plan and help said it was up to the white house and the senate to avert the cliff. so now harry reid i
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